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Hapuka fishing trip

Hapuka Fishing For The Dwellers Of The Deep

Hapuka fishing for the deep water species is a very interesting form of fishing, with many different species available to be caught. The deep water knolls out of Tauranga have caught many trophy fish over the years, and are continuing to produce these beautiful eating, hard fighting monsters of the deep.

The main target species when hapuka fishing are hapuka, bass, bluenose and gemfish. These are the most common species caught but the by catch consists of a very interesting mix of species. Rays Brim, ling, frostfish, tarakihi, and spotted gurnard are just some of the weird and wonderful creatures to be caught out of Tauranga.

Hapuka and bass have a similar looks and colouration with the Hapuka tending to be slightly longer, with a more distinct colour separation on the fishes skin. Hapuka don’t grow to the same size as bass and therefore a 35kg Hapuka is a big fish. Bass however, can grow well over this weight, with the current world record sitting at around 80kg.

Winter is generally the time of year fisherman start readying their gear for some serious Hapuka fishing. Though there is good Hapuka fishing year round, winter time can often provide cold but settled periods of weather which allow us to get out to the deeper grounds where the bigger fish tend to congregate. The fish tend to come into shallower water to spawn over the summer months.

Most of our Hapuka fishing takes place between 180m-450m. Often the bigger fish are caught in the deeper water, but this is certainly a trend rather than a rule, as there have been some big fish pulled up recently from under 200m.

The tackle generally used for Hapuka fishing is a 15kg - 37kg rod and reel, with a kidney harness and gimbal to ease the pressure of fishing such deep water. Ledger rigs with 32oz sinkers, and circle hooks are the main rigs used when targeting the deep water fish.

Hapuka fishing can be hard work, but is an extremely rewarding form of fishing and can produce some of the finest eating fish New Zealand has to offer. Quite possibly the most enjoyable aspect of the fishing is never knowing what is going to come up next! Get out there and give it a shot. Hapuka, Bass, Bluenose and Gemfish are all likely targets when fishing the deep water knolls around Tauranga.

Please call us to discuss your requirements. We are happy to work in with you where we can on departure and return times.

What do you need?

  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Chilly Bin
  • Ice
  • Rod and reel bring your own or hire one of ours
  • 32oz Hapuka Bombs, circle hooks, 200-300lb trace
  • Gimbal (optional)
  • Bait (optional)


Maximum of 8 fishers on a trip.

Public trip

12 hours - $300 per person

24 hours - $340 per person

If you are interested in joining a public trip Hapuka fishing, send us an email or call and we'll let you know what we have planned.

Private Charter

12 hours - $2300 maximum 8 passengers +$100 extra person up to 10

24 hours - $2400 maximum 8 passengers +$100 extra person up to 10

Fishing Gear to Hire

+ $50.00 – Hapuku rod with an electric reel

+ $25.00 per trace

Read more about our booking us for a Public trip or Private Charter

Private Charters

This is the trip for you, if you have a group you'd like to get out on the water. We take bookings for day trips, 24 hour trips and evening trips. A work shout, stag or hens party, social club or fishing club or your family.

Public Fishing Trips

Whether you’re a single person wanting a day out on the water, a family, or a group, but don't want to hire the whole boat yourself, jump on board and join others on a public trip.


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